Thursday, August 28, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Just as quickly as the storm came, the light broke through the clouds and the sun shown.  It is a glimpse of what happens with us.  As quickly as the storms strike our lives, the "light of Christ" breaks through the clouds of doubt, the clouds of fear and Son shines bright.  Lord shine bright in our lives today.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" - Matthew 8:26-27

Discipleship. Grows Your Understanding. The disciples went and woke Jesus because they were sure that he was not aware of what was happening outside and that he needed to come and save them.

Jesus' response when they woke him was, you have little faith, why are you afraid?  Then he rebuke the winds and everything was completely calm.  There was amazement at what Jesus could do.

Let's look at these few verses to see what Jesus was really saying to his disciples.  Why would he question their faith?  Well, they were afraid that the storm raging outside of the boat was more power than the one on the boat.  Isn't that how we are sometimes?  We look at our storms around us raging and we become afraid and say, Jesus are you sleep?  Wake up and come and see about me!

We then have to realize just as the disciples learned, that Jesus is far greater than any storm we face.  The winds that blow the storm are under his command.  The waters that fall are under his command.  The dark clouds are all under his command.

No matter what comes our way, it does not have more power than our savior. So just as Jesus asked his disciples, why are you afraid, Jesus asks us the same today. Why are you afraid of your sickness, or your lack of money or you relationship problems?  Then Jesus will take the time to teach us.  He will increase our understanding in that storm and let us know that he is the one that will calm it.  Jesus is going to calm the storms of our money problems, our relationship problems, our sickness problems and any other problems that rise up suddenly.

So today, Lord we thank you for giving us a greater understand as you bring us through our storms.  If we follow you from the comfortable shores you are going to teach us how to better trust you in our stormy situations.